Trans Community Tweets Their Chucks To Honor Chelsea Manning’s Freedom

Chelsea Manning shared a touching photo on Instagram on Wednesday, the same day she was released from prison.

The simple photo features a shot of black Converse Chuck All-Stars and boasts the caption: ?First steps of freedom!!?

First steps of freedom!! . . #chelseaisfree

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The photo, which received over 14,000 likes, was her first post on her brand new Instagram account.

To commemorate the whistle blower?s newfound freedom, the trans community and other supporters have been tweeting photos of their Chuck All-Stars alongside the hashtag #ChucksforChelsea.

In 2013, Manning, a former Army intelligence analyst, was sentenced to 35 years in prison for providing WikiLeaks with secret military and diplomatic documents. The controversial move made some view Manning as a traitor, while others saw her as a hero.

The same year she was imprisoned, Manning came out as transgender, telling the world she identified as a woman named Chelsea, ?request[ing] that … you refer to me by my new name and use the feminine pronoun.?

Manning, who was also sentenced to a men?s military prison, experienced brutal conditions as a transgender woman.

She was initially denied access to hormone therapy drugs, was not allowed to grow out her hair despite doctors? recommendations and was sentenced to solitary confinement.

While in prison, Manning attempted suicide twice.

Planned Parenthood Closes 4 Clinics In Iowa After Funding Cut

WASHINGTON ? Planned Parenthood announced Thursday that it will be forced to close four health centers in Iowa because of a new state law that prevents Medicaid patients from seeking health care at the family planning provider.

Alabama County Faces Lawsuit Over Pregnant Vet Jailed Because She Can’t Afford Freedom

WASHINGTON ? Civil rights organizations are suing an Alabama county on behalf of a pregnant veteran who remains locked up in an overcrowded jail because she can?t afford to pay for her freedom before trial.

Police arrested and jailed Kandace Edwards, a 29-year-old mother of two, on Wednesday after she allegedly forged a $75 check. She?s seven months pregnant and has been homeless since December. Edwards served in the Army National Guard from 2006 until 2010, but is currently unemployed and has a history of mental health issues.

Under Randolph County?s bond schedule, people charged with forgery must pay $7,500 in bail in order to get out of jail before trial. These amounts are typically assessed without considering a defendant?s ability to pay, or whether the individual is a public safety or flight risk.

Edwards couldn?t afford $7,500, or even a portion of it to secure release from a commercial bail bondsman. These for-profit services typically charge a nonrefundable fee of 10 percent of the total bail amount. Edwards faces an indefinite period of incarceration before her case goes to trial. Randolph County only schedules trials twice per year, meaning defendants who can?t pay bail can remain behind bars for six months or longer, according to the lawsuit.

The Southern Poverty Law Center, Civil Rights Corps, the ACLU Foundation of Alabama and the national American Civil Liberties Union came together to file the lawsuit asserting Randolph County?s bail practices are unconstitutional. It?s one of many suits challenging bail practices and working their way through the federal court system.

?Randolph County reveals the cruelty of money bail. The government robs poor people of their liberty for no other reason than their inability to pay,? said Brandon Buskey, senior staff attorney with the ACLU?s Criminal Law Reform Project. ?They sit in jail for days or weeks waiting for a release hearing, while their jobs disappear and their families suffer. Meanwhile, those who can pay go home, with the time and freedom to prepare for trial.?

The lawsuit alleges that Edwards was originally assigned to a cell with a total of six women and four beds. The lockup is currently operating at three times capacity, and ?does not have any shampoo or wash clothes because of severe overcrowding,? the suit alleges.

Roger Ailes Is Dead. Now, His Victims’ Stories Must Live.

The emails and calls never stop coming into my law firm. Women sexually harassed by powerful men like Roger Ailes, women terrified to oppose it, but knowing they should, they must, for themselves, for women?s equality, for their daughters ? they?re contacting me after all ? but crying and shaking in fear of losing their jobs, their careers, getting blacklisted for life.

And on all counts, they?re right. Because men like Roger Ailes didn?t just sexually harass women and retaliate against them when they complained ? both illegal ? they destroyed women. And yet some were brave enough to face his henchmen, his media machine that vilified his enemies. Because women?s equality is now a core American value, a value that is stronger than Roger?s ?black ops? surveillance of his own employees and tens of millions of hush money payouts to women.

With Roger Ailes, no low was too low.

With Roger Ailes, no low was too low. He saw to it that former booking producer Laurie Luhn was paid over $3 million to shut up about her story that he had coerced her into sex, videotaped it, then blackmailed her with the tape into becoming his little sex toy whenever he wanted her, which was often, for two decades, driving her to a nervous breakdown. Laurie Luhn suffers to this day.

He took respected journalist Gretchen Carlson and reduced her to an object of his sexual desires, and when she rejected the come-on of her bloated, arrogant old boss, he fired her. (Yes, she got a $20 million payout that she shares with her lawyers and the government. She lost her career.)

And according to credible reports, there were dozens more Lauries and Gretchens. Julie Roginsky filed a new case against Ailes and Fox News just a few weeks ago.

Let his victims be ungagged so that a true, full reckoning of his life can be made.

Fox News has given some lip service lately to turning a corner, what with its being forced to fire Bill O?Reilly and Bill Shine. Of course, it only took those actions after women like my clients Wendy Walsh, Perquita Burgess, Caroline Heldman and me publicly and relentlessly shamed them.

Let Roger Ailes? passing truly began a new day. Turn that corner, for real, Fox News. Let his victims be ungagged so that a true, full reckoning of his life can be made. And give the women their jobs back.

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Toby Keith Is Joining Trump In Saudi Arabia For A Men-Only Concert

Toby Keith is headed to the Middle East to join President Donald Trump on his trip to Saudi Arabia.

The country singer will perform at a free, men-only concert Saturday in the capital city of Riyadh alongside Saudi singer Rabeh Saqer, The Associated Press reported.

Some on Twitter were a bit perplexed by the selection of an musician known for songs like ?I Love This Bar,? ?Drunk Americans? and ?I Like Girls That Drink Beer.? In Saudi Arabia, alcohol is banned and unrelated men and women are kept separate in public, in accordance with strict Islamic law.


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